Home Remedy for Melasma
- It’s dark spots on the skin that come from an excess melanin production in your skin cells. Melasma is often mistaken for freckles or age spots but it will typically be larger, darker and have irregular shapes.
What causes Melasma?
The researchers have not found an exact cause yet but here are some common triggers:
- Heredity factors and hormone fluctuation/production: the rash is most common in pregnant females. Often referred to as the “pregnancy mask”.
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Use of birth control pills
- Certain medications like tetracycline and anti-malarial drugs (derived from quinine)
Proven Home Remedies for Melasma and Lifestyle Tips
Don’t you love the look of healthy, glowing skin?
These simple lifestyle changes are a great place to start to improve the look of your skin.
- Exfoliate your face regularly – use a scrub 3 to 4 times a week to encourage cell renewal and remove old, darker skin. New fresh skin will gradually emerge. Use a loofah for your body.
- Use a high SPF sunscreen daily and avoid excessive sun exposure
- Drink lots of water, when your skin tissues are hydrated they function properly and a lot of skin problems resolve on their own.
- Avoid refined sugar and heavy carbohydrates
- Eat lots of high anti-oxidant foods like blueberries, blackberries and red grapes
- Get your daily dose of vitamin C with your diet or a quality supplement. Vitamin C actively reduces the production of melanin, and that means lighter dark patches.
Natural treatments for melasma
Melasma Remedy #1 – Take 2 spoons of Gram flour, add some turmeric, the juice of half lemon and make a paste. Apply the mask for twenty minutes four to five times a week.
Melasma Remedy #2 – Mix lemon juice or apple cider vinegar into a scrub cleanser. Clean your skin in circular motions paying special attention to the dark areas. Do this no more than 3 times a week since lemon can be drying. Always wear high SPF sunscreen if you choose this method.